Darwin or bust - a short drive up the road travel blog

Our faithful 13 year old Holden Cruze car with 212k on the...

Ocean pool at Forster

Crowdy Point lighthouse

Having a whale of a time


Nambucca Heads

After an energising yoga class and my last downward dog for a while Grae and I left the bright lights of sunny Sydney for a five hour leisurely drive to Forster, our first port of call. Being winter and out of tourist season the town had a sleepy, peaceful vibe, very much different to the throng of tourists in mid summer. Anyone know why it's pronounced Foster, what's the point of the first"r"?

Saw a great many koala rope bridges strung across the highway and unclimbable flexi-fences along both sides to protect them from crossing the actual road and being hit by motor vehicles. We've yet to see one of the cuddly critters actually scamper overhead on the bridges.

Good news is we haven't seen any dead ones either!

Heading north we visited Crowdy Head lighthouse a working lighthouse originally built in 1878. The headland has 360 degree views and being here during the whale migration season was brilliant.

We were not disappointed, we saw a big pod of humpbacks not far from the headland. It was great to watch them breaching and seemingly having fun on their long journey up north.

Our next night was at Nambucca Heads which means winding river in Aboriginal and yes it certainly does. Interestingly it has one of the oldest surf lifesaving clubs in Australia and also invented junior surf lifesaving known as Nippers. Also the RSL does a lovely Roast and Dessert for $10.90 on a Sunday! Yum-yum.

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